Natural Sunscreen Ingredients

Badger Sunscreen Ingredients

Learn about the natural and organic ingredients we use in our mineral sunscreens.


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All Sunscreens: Active Ingredient (Zinc Oxide)
Sunscreen Creams & Sticks: Inactive Ingredients
Sunscreen Lotions: Inactive Ingredients
Anti-Bug Sunscreen Ingredients
Sunscreen Ingredients FAQ

Active Sunscreen Ingredient (All Badger Sunscreens)

Badger Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SEM
Zinc Oxide is the only active ingredient Badger uses in all of its sunscreens. Zinc oxide is a powdered mineral that sits on the outside of the skin protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays and it is the same active ingredient used for hundreds of years in diaper creams and calamine lotions. We feel it is the safest and most effective sunscreen active ingredient available. Learn more about our zinc oxide.


Inactive Sunscreen Ingredients (Sunscreen Creams & Sticks)

These are our original sunscreen formulas and contain only organic plant oils, butters, beeswax and Vitamin E (in addition to the mineral zinc oxide.) These illustrations were created for Badger by Kate Beetle, and © Copyright the W.S. Badger Company.

organic sunflower oil

High Oleic Sunflower Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – All Sunscreen Creams (except Anti-Bug)

Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our sunscreen creams. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.


organic olive oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold processed olives) – SPF 35 Face Stick and SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen Cream

Our Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Oil has a subtle fragrance and is rich with polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin E, living enzymes, and natural ferments, which contribute to this oil's superior therapeutic effect. Olive Oil is readily absorbed by the skin – and provides an nourishing base for an emollient and antioxidant rich sunscreen cream.


organic beeswax

Beeswax (Certified Organic) All Sunscreen Creams

Our traditionally processed wax serves as the thickening agent in our sunscreen creams. Beeswax reduces moisture loss from the skin and has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures. It has a sweet honey-like fragrance and a golden color.


organic jojoba oil

Jojoba (Certified Organic) (from Jojoba Seeds) – SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen Cream

Our organic, cold pressed Jojoba Oil balances and moisturizes your skin while providing additional stability to our sunscreen creams. Jojoba, often described as Jojoba Oil, is actually a liquid plant wax or ester, made from a desert shrub. Jojoba is unique because it has similar properties to the oil found on human skin, which makes it remarkably nourishing.


organic shea butter

Shea Butter (Certified Organic) (from Shea Nuts) SPF 35 Face Stick

Our organic Shea Butter is traditionally processed from the African Karite Nut and cold pressed, thus retaining its rich antioxidants and high levels of vitamins A and E – well known for skin healing. It has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties and has a phenolic profile similar to that of green tea. Shea butter is added to our Face Stick Sunscreens as part of the power-packed, antioxidant-rich base.


organic cocoa butter (Cacao)

Cocoa Butter (Certified Organic) (from Cacao Fruit) - SPF 35 Face Stick

Our traditionally processed Cocoa Butter is Certified Organic. Derived from the cocoa bean, Cocoa Butter is a deliciously rich and creamy skin soother and moisturizer that has been used as a dry skin healer for generations. It provides a protective barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture that your skin loses from cleansing and exposure to the elements.


organic sunflower oil

Vitamin E (Certified Natural) (from Sunflowers) – All Sunscreen Creams & SPF35 Face Stick

Vitamin E is a natural preservative and rich in antioxidants. The Vitamin E in our sunscreens is now derived exclusively from Sunflower, as opposed to mixed sources including corn and soy - this is great news for our friends with food allergies! Badger began shipping sunscreens containing the Sunflower Vitamin E in June 2012, and "Sunflower Vitamin E" is clearly marked in the ingredients panel.


organic essential oils Steam Distilled Essential Oils (Certified Organic)

Lavender, Chamomile, Sweet Orange, Tangerine. These are certified organic and are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.

organic Seabuckthorn & Vanilla extracts CO2 Extracts (Certified Organic)

Seabuckthorn, Calendula & Vanilla. These are certified organic and are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.

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Inactive Sunscreen Ingredients
(Sunscreen Lotions)

We understand that it is uncommon for Badger products to contain ingredients that are not immediately recognizable; however, a certain amount of chemistry is required to create a lotion base that combines oil and water, and doesn't need to be refrigerated. You have our word that every ingredient meets our Badger standard for safety and purity. Most are single components of ingredients we already use, processed to reach a desired effect (to thicken, disperse, and preserve the product). We will never use ingredients suspected to have negative health concerns.

 

organic aloe vera

Aloe Juice (Certified Organic) All Sunscreen Lotions

Organic Aloe juice makes up the ultra-gentle and non-greasy base of our sunscreen lotions. Aloe, a succulent desert plant, has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe and rehydrate parched skin. With good antioxidant properties Aloe has also been shown to aid the body's natural process of healing and repairing sun-damaged skin. We love the common name for this plant — Wand of God.


organic sunflower oil

High Oleic Sunflower Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – All Sunscreen Lotions

Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our sunscreen creams and lotions. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.


  Coco-Glucoside (from Coconut, Palm, and Corn) – All Sunscreen Lotions

A naturally sourced non-ionic surfactant, picked as a co-emulsifier for this formula because it is non-drying and mild.

  Cetearyl Alcohol & Coco-Glucoside (from dextrose and coconut fatty alcohols) – All Sunscreen Lotions

An oil-in-water emulsifying agent, and liquid crystal promoter, with a soothing skin feel and a long-lasting moisturizing effect. 100% naturally derived and Ecocert validated.

 

Elderberry Fruit Extract (from the fruit of the Sambucus nigra plant) – All Sunscreen Lotions

A powerful antioxidant and a good source of undecylenic acid, an organic fatty acid that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, but is especially effective against fungal microorganisms.

  Microcrystalline Cellulose and Cellulose Gum (Certified Natural) (from Spruce and Pines) – All Sunscreen Lotions

Our aesthetic sunscreen lotions offer excellent protection with only minimal Zinc Oxide. We've achieved this through using natural dispersing agents (Microcrystalline Cellulose and Cellulose Gum), which give our sunscreens excellent spreadability, thus increasing the value of protection. This ingredient is naturally derived from spruce and pine trees and is processed mechanically and through natural acid hydrolysis.

 

Glucose + Lactoperoxidase + Glucose Oxidase All Sunscreen Lotions

A natural preservative system and powerful antioxidant. Generates antimicrobial activity using oxidation products that target bacterial and fungal cell walls. Derived from non-GMO corn products, whey products, fermentation products, and trace amounts of synthetic materials.


pomegranate Pomegranate Oil (Certified Organic)Both Rose Sunscreen Lotions

Certified organic cold pressed pomegranate seed oil with strong antioxidant effects.

soybean Glycerin (Certified Organic) (from non-GMO soy) – All Sunscreen Lotions

Organic Glycerin is a natural smoothing agent that makes our sunscreen more easily spreadable. It is a humectant, which pulls in moisture from the environment to soften and protect the skin. Produced via saponification of organic soybean oil, from which the glycerin is physically separated from the oil's fatty acids and appears as a clear liquid.

non-gmo corn Citric Acid (Certified Natural) (from non-GMO corn) – All Sunscreen Lotions

We use naturally derived Citric Acid as a pH adjuster and a preservative in our sunscreen lotions. Our Citric Acid is naturally derived from Non-GMO Corn through the process of fermentation. Ecocert Certified 100% Natural Origin.

  Sorbitan Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) – All Sunscreen Lotions

Helps to increase the viscosity of a formulation and it can act as an emulsifier. Acts as a weak antimicrobial on its own, but can boost the efficacy of other preserving agents within a formula in a synergistic manner. Produced via esterification of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).

  Glyceryl Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) – All Sunscreen Lotions

A multifunctional wetting agent made from natural resources with great moisturizing and refatting properties. It is skin friendly and has strong antimicrobial activity. It has a high efficacy against microorganisms in a broader range of pH compared to many other natural preservative compounds. Produced via esterification of glycerol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).

non-gmo corn Xanthan Gum – (from non-GMO corn) – All Sunscreen Lotions

Xanthan gum is a stabilizer and thickening agent produced by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. The gum is pasteurized, filtered, dried, and ground. This ingredient is an approved additive in NOP-certified organic products.

castor Undecylenic Acid (from Castor Oil) – All Sunscreen Lotions

An unsaturated fatty acid derived from castor oil that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, and is especially effective against fungal microorganisms. This ingredient is Ecocert certified.

sunflower Lecithin (from Non-GMO Sunflower) – All Sunscreen Lotions

A dispersing agent and weak emulsifier, which helps to hold the zinc oxide and other pigments in place.  Produced via expeller pressing of organic sunflower seeds, and then physically separating the lecithin from the oil phase.

corn Sodium gluconate (from Corn) – All Sunscreen Lotions

A good skin conditioner, a preservative booster, and product stabilizing agent that acts via its powerful chelating properties.

essential oils Steam Distilled Essential Oils (Certified Organic)Both Rose Sunscreen Lotions

Rose, Lavender, and Chamomile. These are are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.

co2 extracts CO2 Extracts (Certified Organic)Both Rose Sunscreen Lotions

Calendula, Rosehip, and Seabuckthorn. These are are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.

pigments Pigments (from Iron Oxide minerals) – Tinted Rose Sunscreen Lotion

These give a natural matte finish to our tinted sunscreens and provide a light tint that reduces the whitening effect of the zinc oxide.

jojoba Jojoba Esters (from Jojoba) – Tinted Rose Sunscreen Lotion

This is a natural coating on the pigment minerals to help them mix evenly into the sunscreen.
 

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Ingredients in Badger's Anti-Bug Sunscreens

This is a unique hybrid product that protects from the sun and bugs. The inactive sunscreen ingredients contain our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil and several essential oils such as Geranium, Cedar, and Citronella which, in addition to the Castor Oil, act as active anti-bug ingredients.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Are the sunscreens soy-free?
Our sunscreen lotions contain glycerin which is derived from soy. Our sunscreen creams do not contain any soy products.

Are the sunscreens gluten-free?
None of our sunscreen ingredients contain gluten; however, since the facility that fills the sunscreen is not a certified gluten-free facility, we cannot make the claim that the lotions are gluten-free.

Are any of these sunscreens Vegan?
A very small percentage of the ingredients in our sunscreen lotions are derived from whey, so they are not vegan. Our sunscreen creams and sticks contain beeswax and they also cannot be considered vegan.

 

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